Colour your mood

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Leanne Brownoff

re­views, there is ev­i­dence to sug­gest colour ther­apy can al­le­vi­ate some SAD symp­toms.

The im­pact of colour is pro­found and very in­di­vid­u­al­ized. For ev­ery colour avail­able, there can be both a pos­i­tive as well as a neg­a­tive re­sponse, depend­ing on the in­di­vid­ual:

Blue: can be viewed as tran­quil, calm and fresh; also cold, util­i­tar­ian and de­press­ing.

Brown: a colour of na­ture, sta­ble, com­fort­ing and el­e­gant; also bland or melan­choly.

Red: the colour of pas­sion, stim­u­lates the senses and sug­gests strength; also rest­less­ness and anger.

Green: re­flects na­ture, re­newal and har­mony; depend­ing on the tone, the colour can range from be­ing gar­ish (bright and loud) to very drab and se­ri­ous (army green).

Yel­low: the colour of sun, op­ti­mism and ener- gy; can be over­stim­u­lat­ing and ir­ri­tat­ing if too in­tense.

Pink: evokes the feel­ing of fem­i­nin­ity, in­no­cence and hap­pi­ness; can feel overly fem­i­nine or even medic­i­nal, depend­ing on its tone.

Pur­ple: car­ries a his­tory of be­ing re­gal, so­phis­ti­cated and pow­er­ful; can also be read as too fem­i­nine or play­ful (think faux an­i­mal prints).

White: sug­gests a space that is pure, un­clut­tered and fresh; also cold, life­less and unimag­i­na­tive.

Black: so­phis­ti­cated, sleek and strong; usu­ally an ac­cent. Too much black can make a space feel heavy and claus­tro­pho­bic.

The best ap­proach to se­lect­ing colours for your home is to keep the big pic­ture in mind. Re­mem­ber, your wall colour will be only one sur­face that will in­flu­ence the room’s im­pact. Con­sider the fur­ni­ture, the floor­ing, wall decor and light­ing as well.

These will add to the over­all pic­ture by play­ing off each other, pre­sent­ing the eye with many sin­gu­lar el­e­ments that will read as one har­mo­nious pre­sen­ta­tion. Ev­ery colour looks dif­fer­ent when it is sur­rounded by other colours.

I be­lieve if you were drawn to the browns and greys, you can use these colours with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Con­sider us­ing a brown tone on a fea­ture wall, per­haps to high­light a fire­place or ma­jor work of art. Paint the sur­round­ing walls with a com­ple­men­tary grey (per­haps with a warm blue or green un­der­tone), keep­ing the walls a neu­tral can­vas on which you can build.

Bring in your fur­nish­ings and car­pets and ad­just your wall decor, light­ing and ac­ces­sories to re­flect the sea­sons. Re­mem­ber, grey and brown do not need to be dingy and de­press­ing. They can — and should — be calm­ing and cosy. Layer your rooms with the essence of com­fort and se­cu­rity dur­ing the cooler months and be pre­pared to peel back the lay­ers come spring to pre­pare the rooms for a calm, cool oa­sis.

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